Tag Archive: vacation

Backroads Bookscouting

I should make it clear from the beginning that the way we do this isn’t the way real bookscouts do it.
The real ones—the ones who do it for a living—play hardball. For them it’s business. They have a set route of places they go to check for books, they’ve got client lists and handheld barcode scanners and a budget. Oh, don’t get me wrong. Professional bookscouts still love books—no one goes into the book business that doesn’t love books, the margins are too low. But it’s a business for the working bookscouts, they have bills to pay. For me and my wife, it’s just a hobby.

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Travel for Free? Could Be!

Airplane in flight

Way back in the mid-1980s, we took a trip back to the east coast for a wedding. We were put up for the weekend by some of the bride’s relations. The next day we flew to Santa Barbara for the reception (it was a bi-coastal wedding; he was from California, she from New Jersey), at …

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